Purveyors of fine confectionary and chocolate Darrell Lea caused a bit of a stir in the craft beer industry last year when they hooked up with Nomad Brewing Co. to release a liquorice beer. Specifically, the Darrell Lea Batch 37 Chocolate Liquorice Stout seemingly came out of nowhere and, testament to how many Aussies actually like liquorice, it was a near-instant sell-out in less than 24 hours. The limited edition stout successfully distilled those little liquorice bullets and turned them into a beer worthy of the confectionary’s legacy, which dates back to 1927.
It seems demand was so feverishly high for the stout that both companies have teamed up again to re-release the unique stout, right alongside another newbie inspired by one of Darrell Lea’s most popular bocks – the Darrell Lea Rocklea Road Chocolate Stout.
While the liquorice beer was always going to be incredibly divisive, as the bullets themselves are, it’s doubtful anyone would take issue with Australia’s best block of rocky road chocolate being turned into a thick, marshmallow-centred stout with, according to published tasting notes, a hint of nuttiness on the finish.
Darrell Lea and Nomad Brewing Co. have timed the release for Father’s Day, which comes up in a few weeks and seems a good a time as any to dip into something a bit different than your usual tinnies.
Nomad brewed the two chocolate stouts in Brookvale and has now released them to major retailers across Australia. You can also hop on Nomad’s website to grab the beers, which are available in mixed 8-packs of 440 ml cans for $75. Mixed and single-flavour 4-packs are also available at $45. Or you can just head along to the brewery in Brookvale, NSW.
“We sold out of our Darrell Lea Liquorice beer in just under 24 hours last year, so this year we’ve made sure to have double our production and introduce a brand new flavour to everyone can enjoy their beer,” said Nomad owner Kerrie Abba.
“We’re passionate about discovering new flavours and we’re stoked to work alongside an iconic Aussie brand for a second year to bring to life craft beers that will excite many liquorice and chocolate fans.”